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Just freedom: Philip Pettit and the republican idea of liberty

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

The May issue of Prospect contains my short review of Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World, the new book by the political philosopher Philip Pettit. Since the publication of Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government in 1997, Pettit has been building on the work done by intellectual historians such as Quentin Skinner and J.G.A. Pocock in excavating the so-called “neo-Roman” theory of civil liberty, which came to prominence during the English revolution of the 17th century. What Pettit does is to connect the neo-Roman theory…

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